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UC Merced seeks a new chancellor

University of California President Mark Yudof said Friday that the selection process for UC Merced's new chancellor is under way.

UC officials said in a news release that he chose an advisory committee -- a group composed of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members -- to help with the search and vetting process.

UC Merced's current chancellor, Steve Kang, said in September that he would resign June 30, 2011, to return to the classroom.

Kang, 65, was the school's second chancellor and began serving in March 2007.

Before working at UC Merced, Kang served as a university faculty member and administrator for 25 years, six of which included working as a professor of electrical engineering and dean of the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz.

Kang also is an internationally recognized electrical engineer and holds more than a dozen patents in integrated-circuit design, UC Merced officials said.

During his time as chancellor, UC Merced increased its size to more than 4,300 students this fall from fewer than 1,300 in 2007.

Kang also oversaw the revision of the campus' Long Range Development Plan and helped complete the school's first Strategic Academic Vision.

Five UC regents were appointed by Russell Gould, chairman of the UC Board of Regents and a member of the committee to serve.

The group will meet for the first time in closed session Nov. 1 at UC Merced and will discuss the search and the leadership needs of the university.

A selection should be made by spring 2011, according to UC officials.